Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that Apple will release a 30W GaN charger this year

by Ijlala Maqbool

Apple has been selling a 30W charger for several years, but the design is getting old. 

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the company may release an upgraded design based on GaN technology this year.

It will have a new form factor, undoubtedly smaller because GaN is more efficient than previous designs. 

Of course, Apple doesn’t include a charger with its phones, and the current generation can’t even make full use of one – the iPhone 13 Pro Max has a maximum power output of 27W, while the regular Pro has a maximum power output of 23W.

The new 30W charger, on the other hand, would be a boon for tablets. 

The current iPads, including the Pro and Air, come with a 20W charger. 

Apple will most probably announce a new iPad Air later today, so this is something to keep an eye on – will the retail package include the new charger? 

Kuo does not provide a specific date for when the 30W GaN charger will be announced, so it is possible that it will not be disclosed at today’s event.

When it does happen, it is helpful for lower power MacBooks, such as the M1 MacBook Air, which ships with the old 30W charger (a new Air with an M2 chip may be announced later today).  Apple recently introduced a 140W charger, also based on GaN, for higher-power laptops

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